Most of us could not dream of hitting two irons to a par five green – but Canadian Sam Meek’s second shot on the sixth at Royal Aberdeen found the cup.
The University of Nevada student’s albatross was the talk of the historic city course, which is main host of this week’s Amateur Championship.
Meek teed off on the 487-yard hole with a four iron and only knew something special had happened with his 240-yard five-iron approach when spectators around the green started shouting and clapping.
Meek, 19, eventually finished with a two-under 69, leaving him right in the thick of things. He said: “It got me to three-under through six, which made things really easy going out.
“I had no idea it went in.
“It was totally blind. It looked good but you really have no idea.
“The people up there just started jumping so I figured it was in the hole. That was a pretty cool feeling, I’ve never made one of those before.
“Now I just need a hole-in-one and I can say I’ve got them!”
Laughing, he added: “You just try not to hit a terrible shot after that because you’re so pumped up.”
A bogey and double bogey meant Meek dropped three shots in the first four holes after the turn, which he had reached at five-under.
Another birdie at 14 was immediately cancelled out by a bogey, and he played the next three holes in level par.
The Toronto native, visiting Scotland for the first time, was set to play his second stroke-play round at Murcar today.
Of getting used to links golf, he said: “It was a bit of an eye-opener.
“I think I lost a dozen balls in my practice round trying to figure the course (Royal Aberdeen) out.
“It was good to try to get the hang of it.
“When it’s this windy you’ve definitely got to adapt to it and commit to every shot.
“I enjoy Murcar too, so I’m looking forward to just keeping it going.”